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How do you transport your gear to shoots in the city?

 
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Dec 28, 2011 08:28 |  #1

I currently work semi-professionally in the city, and I'm wondering how other photographers in cities without a personal vehicle transport their gear.

Do any of you take public transportation to get to photo shoots? Do you take a taxi? Do you rent a car?

How would you transport a Pelican case full of camera gear and another hard case full of lighting stands and tripods?


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Dec 28, 2011 09:12 |  #2

When I lived in Toronto I'd just pack everything into my Bag and hit the subway.

Then again, I was used to hauling around two turntables (in a large coffin case), mixer and a record crate up and down the City on Transit so it wasn't much of thought into doing it.

Just take someone with you to assist with the second hard case and keep the Pelican case with you.


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Dec 28, 2011 10:58 |  #3

I am in Los Angeles we can drive around the city with no problem.


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Dec 28, 2011 11:44 |  #4

I live in the third largest city, it is easy. I drive everywhere. For the small time I did not live in a major city, I drove. I can throw my gear in the trunk, unload a few pelican cases, stands, etc, and park. Do not be the person on public transportation with multiple suitcases. Takes up too much room and it is an inconvenience to others. If you do not own a car, rent, or hire shuttle service/taxi.


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Dec 28, 2011 11:52 |  #5

If you don't have a car, try Zipcar if they're available in your area. There's other smaller companies, like iGo in Chicago, but Zipcar is the most recognizable. They're in many major cities with public transit or with a decent college population. Otherwise, try googling your city with "car sharing". I wouldn't want to haul all of that on the subway, either for inconvenience of too much weight or for risk of getting jumped for it.


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Dec 28, 2011 12:10 as a reply to  @ unaffirmed's post |  #6

Two large bags for my lighting equipment and light stands and modifiers. For my WL 1200s and travelite 750s in a calumet case and my modifiers and stands in an old lightware case. My cameras are in my everyday bag and my portable strobes are in a separate shoulder bag.

I have a Honda Fit for work that the back seats lay perfectly flat and I can lay down that front passenger seat so I can get 9 ft rolls of seamless paper in. Perfect for my gear and work (great on gas too).




  
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Dec 28, 2011 15:09 |  #7

My wife does hair and make up for weddings. Anytime she does one, we rent a car.

Its a tax write off for us.

Sometimes she also charges a travel fee if the location is over a certain number of hours away from home.

If you need to, add a travel fee if the shoot is outside of the area you like to stay in


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Dec 29, 2011 14:46 as a reply to  @ Slave7081's post |  #8

I always show up in my own vehicles but I think that there is also a level of customer perception at play here. If I was the customer and I saw my photographer hawking his gear off public transit it might give me pause to think. Would I recommend him to anyone else. I suggest renting a car and that way you can take as much gear as you want.


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Jan 02, 2012 22:56 |  #9

I have a van dedicated to my business since many of my projects require a lot gear beyond just the photography stuff. Parking, tolls, etc, are all included in my costs, but not specifically shown on the invoices. For assignments when I don't require a lot of gear, such as editorial portraits for magazines, I have a ThinkTank Airport roller bag which carries two bodies, lenses, 4 580EX strobes, pocket wizards, filters, etc, and another long bag that hold the lighting stands, grip, gels, and a couple of softboxes and reflectors. I can get around on the subway quite well with these without much hassle, and it has everything I'd need for a simple portrait. But I rarely take public transportation since its just easier and more convenient to drive.

If you really need to use public transportation, you should be able to put together a god setup in a roller bag for gear, and a medium tripod bag for stands, etc, with little trouble. Attach the tripod bag to the roller bag and its very easy to get around without any weight on your shoulders.


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Jan 02, 2012 23:23 as a reply to  @ sfaust's post |  #10

When just shooting small I would just take two backpacks. Wear one and carry the other. That would get me on any metro.

If I had to carry full gear and lighting, then I'd take a taxi. But if you have a lot of shoots you're better off just renting a car if you don't have your own rather than paying taxi fares back and forth each way.




  
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